So­lu­tion for bus sta­tion saga

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An agree­ment has fi­nally been ne­go­ti­ated over Benidorm’s di­lap­i­dated bus sta­tion.

By Irena Bodnarec

AN AGREE­MENT has fi­nally been ne­go­ti­ated over Benidorm’s di­lap­i­dated bus sta­tion.

Trav­ellers ar­riv­ing in the town are gen­er­ally shocked to see a vir­tu­ally aban­doned com­plex with the ma­jor­ity of units boarded up – only a Mer­cadona su­per­mar­ket, fit­turned ness gym and the Ho­tel La Estación ap­pear to have any life plus a cafe­te­ria which is on the bus level.

The prob­lems go back to 2003 when Benidorm town hall gave the con­tro­ver­sial owner, busi­ness­man En­rique Or­tiz the op­er­at­ing li­cence for the com­plex.

A court rul­ing then over­sated per­mis­sion granted to ex­tend the con­struc­tion, and the mat­ter has been back and forth to the courts, with the com­plex fall­ing into dis­re­pair.

The last three Benidorm gov­ern­ments have un­suc­cess­fully tried to reach an agree­ment, but at long last one has now been ne­go­ti­ated.

Sr Or­tiz will be com­penThe with € 24.5 mil­lion in ex­change for hand­ing back the con­ces­sion, on the un­der­stand­ing that it will be in ‘ per­fect con­di­tion’.

The town hall is­sued a state­ment that the com­pen­sa­tion will not come out of the an­nual bud­get but from the new com­pany that will ul­ti­mately win the bid to run it.

coun­cil is al­low­ing Sr Or­tiz up to six months to carry out the im­prove­ments re­quired. Busi­ness lead­ers have com­mented that the bus sta­tion ‘ is not the best first im­pres­sion’ of Benidorm for those ar­riv­ing from other ar­eas or Ali­can­teElche air­port.

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